Compressor: Transcode files

Transcode files

The easiest way to transcode media files in Compressor is to apply one or more built-in settings or a built-in destination.

Set up the first transcoding job in a batch

  1. Click the Add File button in the batch area.

    Batch area showing Add File button
  2. In the file window that appears, select a media file, then click Add.

  3. In the settings window that appears, do the following:

    1. Select one or more transcode settings  or destinations  from the list.

      Tip: Shift-click to select consecutive settings; Command-click to select nonconsecutive settings.

      The settings and destinations are grouped by category. For example, the Apple Devices setting group contains multiple settings for 4K, HD, and SD output formats. To choose a specific setting within a group of settings, click the disclosure triangle beside the setting group, then select one or more settings from that group.

      Important: For destinations, always select the destination group name. If instead you click the disclosure triangle beside a destination group and then select an individual setting in that group, the destination’s job action (uploading to YouTube, for example) won’t be used when Compressor processes the job.

    2. Choose a save location from the pop-up menu.

  4. When you’re satisfied with your setting and location choices, click OK.

    The new job is displayed in the batch area. The job includes a thumbnail of the source file and the transcoding output instructions (setting, location, and filename). If you chose multiple settings, or a destination with multiple outputs, each output appears in a separate row. If you chose a destination, its job action appears in the upper-right corner of the job area.

    Batch area showing single job with single setting applied.

    Above the batch area, a viewer with playback controls shows how your media file will look and sound after transcoding. For more information, see Preview jobs in the preview area.

To begin transcoding the job, see Transcode a batch below.

Add additional jobs to a batch

Optionally, you can add additional source files (and transcode instructions) to a batch.

  1. Click the Add pop-up menu under the batch area, then choose Add File.

    You can also add a set of image sequence files or surround sound files. For more information, see Work with image sequence files and Import and modify surround sound files.

    Batch area showing Add pop-up menu
  2. In the file window that appears, select one or more media files, then click Add.

    Tip: Shift-click to select consecutive settings; Command-click to select nonconsecutive settings.

    The batch area displays a new job for each source file you add.

  3. To add transcode settings to a job, click Add on the right side of the Setting/Location/Filename row in the batch area.

  4. In the settings window that appears, select one or more settings or destinations, choose a save location from the pop-up menu, then click OK.

    The output instructions that you specified appear in the job. If you chose multiple settings or a destination with multiple outputs, each output appears in a separate row. If you chose a destination, its job action appears in the upper-right corner of the job area.

    Batch area showing one job with multiple outputs assigned
  5. To change the name of a file to be output, double-click its name in the Filename column, then enter a new name.

    Note: If you see an alert icon to the left of the filename, the filename assigned to that output row has already been used. Click the alert icon to view a description of the error. See Errors & Warnings window.

Add and remove transcode settings

If you want to transcode a source file to multiple formats, you can add additional transcoding instructions to a job. You do this by adding one or more output rows. You can also remove output rows.

Do one of the following:

  • Add an output row: On the right side of the Setting/Location/Filename row of the job area, click Add, and in the window that appears, select one or more transcode settings, choose a location, then click OK.

  • Remove an output row: Position the pointer over the output row that you want to remove, then click Remove (at the right end of the row).

Change the name of a file to be output

When you apply a setting to source file, Compressor assigns a default name to the output file: the source filename appended with the extension of the format used during transcoding (.mov or .mp4, for example). If you want, you can change that default name.

  • In the Filename column of an output row, double-click the name of a file, then enter a new name.

Note: If you see an alert icon to the left of the filename, the filename assigned to that output row has already been used. Click the alert icon to view a description of the error. See Errors & Warnings window.

Transcode a batch

After you’ve configured the jobs in your batch using the tasks above, you can transcode the batch.

  • Click the Start Batch button in the lower-right corner of the batch area and, if necessary, follow the instructions to complete the transcoding process.

The Compressor window switches to Active view, where you can monitor the transcoding process.

View information about completed jobs

In Completed view, you can see how a file was transcoded.

  1. Click the Completed button at the top of the Compressor window.

    Completed view with inspector pane showing
  2. Select a batch, job, or transcoded file and, if necessary, click the Inspector button .

    In the inspector (on the right), you can view information about the batch or job, or view the general, video, or audio properties for the setting used to transcode the file.

  3. To view the output file, click the Show in Finder button .

    If the Show in Finder button is not visible, click the disclosure triangles on the left side of the Completed view window.

Create a new job from a completed job

  • In Completed view, click a job’s Reuse button .

    All of the job’s information is copied to Current view, where you can modify the job’s setting properties and other information as necessary, then transcode the new job.

Publicatiedatum: Mar 22, 2019
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